Sponsors: Rep. Frank Moran of Lawrence in the House and Sen. Cindy Friedman of Arlington in the Senate.
This bill is based on lessons learned from the tragic Merrimack Valley gas explosion in 2018. This bill significantly enhances safety rules to protect the general public, first responders, and gas workers from dangerous conditions that may occur when crews are working on gas systems.
Currently, gas utilities depend too much on outside contractors to perform hazardous work. This bill creates a certification process to improve the tracking and rating of these companies. The bill also requires common sense improvements such as improved communication between towns and utilities regarding roadwork and gas leak repairs, increased inspections of gas pipelines, and improved access to under-street gas shutoffs that protect homes and businesses from fires and explosions.
URGENT: All Hands on Deck!
The Massachusetts two-year legislative session is scheduled to end on July 31. We have yet to bring meaningful climate change legislation to a vote in the House this session. Our children cannot wait 2 more years for bold climate action.
Please contact your State Representative to help Mothers Out Front accomplish its goal of ensuring “a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean and renewable energy.” More information and a sample call script is below.
If you do not know who your State Representative is, check here. Then please call and/or email your Representative to:
Thank them for the Legislature’s dedication and extra work to keep us safe during the pandemic.
Remind them that there are critically important bills still in the House Ways and Means Committee that need to be voted on by the full House. Tell them that you are ready to see the Legislature take on meaningful climate legislation now, in addition to their work to address Covid-19.
Ask them to contact Rep Aaron Michlewitz, the Chair of the Ways & Means Committee, and Robert DeLeo, the Speaker of the House, and request that the following bills get passed out of Committee and put up for a floor vote:
And finally, thank them again for making strong climate action a priority this session.
When these bills come to a vote, we will contact you again, with a list of amendments that make sure our priorities are included.
Here's a call script you can customize:
Hello, I’m <your name>, and I live in <town>. I’m also a member of Mothers Out Front. First, thank you for the dedication you have shown and the non-stop work you and your colleagues have been doing to keep us safe during the pandemic.
Now I’m ready to see the Legislature take on meaningful climate legislation, in addition to your work to address Covid-19. Today I am calling to ask for your support for three critically important bills that are still in the House Ways and Means Committee, and need to be voted on by the full House:
- H.3983, the 2050 Roadmap bill
H.4264, the Environmental Justice bill
Please ask the House leadership to move these bills forward for a floor vote.
Again, thank you for making strong climate action a priority for this session!
Mothers are a powerful force at the intersection of COVID-19, racism, and climate. Below are three opportunities to use your power this week:
First, please write and call your Massachusetts State Senator TODAY about the safe and fair election bill S. 2755.
Second, use social media on Thursday 6/18 to say now is the time to plan for getting Massachusetts off gas.
Third, support Black Lives Matter and environmental justice on Juneteenth, Friday 6/19.
June 12 Virtual Lobby Day:
Friday, June 12, meetings to be scheduled between 1:00 - 4:00 PM - Registrants will be sent meeting time and logistic info
RSVP Link: https://forms.gle/CCmmPyVL8fr7bXox9
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/241887410433798/
Mass Power Forward is organizing virtual meetings with legislators and their constituents by county. Please sign up here by Sunday June 7 if possible.
This is a shirt up/show up/speak up opportunity! Wear your Mothers Out Front t-shirt and set your camera so everyone can see it! Let them know that the Mothers Are Here and demand Environmental Justice and bold climate policy NOW!
- Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) won a legal victory in federal court that vacated the Weymouth compressor station air quality permit. Although construction continues, this ruling shows that the MA Department of Environmental Protection did not follow its own protocols to protect the residents of Fore River Basin. There may well be delays in the project, and there is a possibility that Enbridge may not be able to bring the compressor online.
Attorney General Maura Healey, our ally and hero, has called for the Department of Public Utilities to plan for the transition off gas. Please make some noise on social media about this, like: Thank you @MassAgo for petitioning the DPU to investigate the future of the natural gas industry so we can meet our climate goals and protect our kids! #BeyondGas #MAGasPlan @EEASecretary @mothersoutfront #mapoli
Updates and information about our Massachusetts statewide activities
May 25, 2020
IN THIS ISSUE:
New MA Leadership Team Takes Office
- Stay Tuned for Upcoming Legislative Action
- Virtual House Party, June Debut
- Ask your MA State Legislators - Tues., May 26, at 12:00 pm
- Weymouth Compressor Station - Tues., May 26, 5-6:15 pm
- How Gas Leaks Affect Our Trees - Thurs., May 28, 1-2 pm
- Pass Bold Climate Legislation in 2020 - Deadline by May 31
- Team Needs Assessment Survey: Community Team Leader Tools and Technology Assessment
- Share your story about voting ahead of Election Day
- Webinar Recording: Two Public Health Crises: Coronavirus and Climate Change - The Path Forward
- Op-Ed Article: Want to prevent the next pandemic? This doctor is prescribing climate action
- Article: Good News In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S
COVID-19 Updates and Information
- Food Link MA Fights Food Insecurity
- COVID-19 Community Aid
- Support our neighbors in Chelsea, East Boston, and Lawrence
Updates and information about our Massachusetts statewide activities
April 13, 2020
IN THIS ISSUE:
Message from National Leadership, "Finding Comfort and Resolve in this Challenging Time"
- Path to Power Vote April 18th
- Earth Day April 22-24
MA Legislative Team Report
Coaching Coordinator Hired
Connecting and Support
Fun for all ages
On February 19th, hundreds of people gathered to raise their voices against the building of the toxic Weymouth Compressor station. Several people from other organizations took direct action to slow down the work on the site. Mothers Out Front and others in the crowd stood with signs in support. Anne Goodwin, of Mothers Out Front (and Music Out Front), energized everyone through leading chants and songs.
We know continuing to build out fracked gas infrastructure puts our communities at risk today and our children's health and happiness on the line for tomorrow.
Wendy McCluskey and Kristine Jelstrup, from Mothers Out Front in Cambridge, went to the Boston Area Sustainability Group - Invite to Ignite - event on February 4th and spoke to lots of interested volunteers from all over the state. People want to DO something about the Climate Crisis and we were there to share with them that Mothers Out Front is a terrific movement to get involved with!
Kristine Jelstrup presenting...
With Mothers Out Front Somerville leading the way, a historical decision was made to emphasize repairing gas leaks!
For the first time in the City's history, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Department of Infrastructure and Asset Management (IAM) have allowed National Grid to replace a gas main during the City's winter moratorium to expedite efforts to eradicate gas leaks in Somerville.
On January 13, National Grid began work to replace a century-old gas main on the eastern half of Pearl St. and Myrtle St. in East Somerville. Due to its age, the Pearl St. gas main is prone to leaks and had been identified as a priority for replacement by local officials as well as partners including the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Mothers Out Front, and other community advocates.
Large gas leaks have been shown to accelerate climate change and compromise local environmental conditions. In his January 6 inaugural speech, Mayor Curtatone underscored the need for urgent action, citing efforts to reduce gas leaks as a priority for 2020 and commending the persistent leadership and advocacy of Mothers Out Front on this issue.
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Arlington's January Community Meeting on January 6th was a tremendous success! We had a big "launch party" for our 2020 Goals and we had a great turnout—36 people came, including many people new to Mothers Out Front!
We introduced our new leadership team...
Ann Boland, Jill Manca, Alicia Russell, Amy Antczak, and Danie Descoteaux